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New coaches ready for sports competitions

New coaches ready for sports competitions

Posted on Thursday, August 26, 2021

Supporters cheer during a football game.

There will be a lot of fresh faces on the sidelines of Panther athletics this year with several new coaches joining the LC team.

Terlynn Olds, Director of Athletics and Recreation, started her job in June. She said she is excited for the future of the program.

“We have a great mix of experienced coaches and very talented newcomers,” she said. “Everyone is energized and ready to start the year.”

Fans will be able to meet coaches and players at Saturday’s Panther Pride Festival, beginning at 3:30 p.m. in the parking lot at Callaway Auditorium. After they check out food trucks, games and arts and crafts vendors, they can watch the Team Pres vs. Team AD intersquad football game that will begin at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. 

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Shannon Lipham, the new Head Golf Coach and Assistant Director of Athletics, will be a familiar face to many. He is returning to LC for the third time after serving as an assistant coach for the men’s basketball program during the 2009-10 season and golf team in 2002-03. That season, the Panther golf team was named United States Collegiate Athletic Association national champions.

A member of the Golf Coaches Association of America, Lipham most recently was director of golf at Point University, as well as general manager at Point University Golf Club in Lanett, Alabama.

Other coaching positions include director of instruction at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia; head men’s and women’s golf coach at Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus, Georgia; and assistant coach for the men’s and women’s golf teams at Berry College in Mount Berry, Georgia. He also coached at his alma mater, Troup County High School.

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Kennet Fosuhene, Head Women’s Soccer Coach, comes from Niagara County Community College in Sanborn, New York, where he spent two seasons as the head men’s and women’s soccer coach.

Previously, he served as the head men’s soccer coach at Riverland Community College in Austin, Minnesota, where his team had its first winning season in eight years. He also worked as an assistant coach for the Des Moines (Iowa) Menace of the USL League Two.

Additionally, Fosuhene has made coaching stops at NJCAA institutions Andrew College in Cuthbert, Georgia, and Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, Maryland.

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Melanie Rushing, Associate Director of Athletics and Softball Head Coach, comes to LaGrange after a four-year coaching sabbatical during which she founded Mental Sweet Spot, a company that helps softball coaches and teams train the mental component to win more games and have more fun.

Her recent experience includes producing a successful podcast with more than 100,000 downloads; running virtual bootcamps; helping coaches build an actionable blueprint for their team culture; creating resources and working with coaches to develop confident, mentally tough teams; and creating curriculum for player mental training programs.

Rushing previously served as head softball coach, event manager and sport psychology professor at Kalamazoo College in Michigan. In her first season, her team attained its highest conference finish in 15 years. The group set single-season team records in batting average, runs, hits, home runs and stolen bases. By her third year, the squad achieved the second-most wins in program history.

Prior to Kalamazoo, Rushing was a graduate assistant coach at Jacksonville University in Florida. Before that, she served as an instructor and coach at HitStreak Fastpitch in Colorado. She also assisted programs at University of Redlands and California State University, San Bernardino.

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Moneshia McKenney is taking the reins as Indoor/Outdoor Volleyball Head Coach.  She previously was an assistant volleyball coach at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and assistant coach and interim head coach for the East Carolina University volleyball program. 

McKenney was a professional volleyball player in Sweden following a collegiate career at Clemson University. She got her first taste of international volleyball in 2011 as a member of the USA Women’s Junior National Team that placed fourth at the FIVB Women’s Junior World Championship in Peru.  

During the 2015-16 Swedish League season, she was named the top outside hitter and was the second-best hitter in the circuit. As a result, she was selected to the Swedish League All-Star Team.  Roderick-McKenney.jpg 

She will be joined by her husband Roderick McKenney, who will be Assistant Coach and Athletic Performance Coach for all Panther athletics. He was the sports performance coach for the volleyball team at Oral Roberts University.  

McKenney was a sport-specific performance trainer and assistant coach for volleyball teams around the South. With a passion for coaching youth volleyball, McKenney was named Assistant Volleyball Coach of the Year in 2015.   

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Richie Post '20 returns to his collegiate stomping grounds as Baseball Pitching Coach. He earned his degree in Exercise Science at LaGrange and is working on a master’s degree in exercise science at Columbus State University.

Post was the assistant junior varsity and varsity baseball coach at Harris County High School. Prior to that, he worked for Homeplate, a travel baseball organization. He was the organization’s head coach for the 16U team and in charge of Homeplate’s summer youth camp.

Post was a four-year letterman for LC, playing on three USA South championship teams. In 2019, he was the USA South All-Conference third-team starting pitcher after going 7-1. As a freshman, Post was the USA South Rookie of the Year. He earned USA South Academic All-Conference honors three times.

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Luke Huddleston, Women’s Basketball Volunteer Assistant Coach, is in his first year with the program. He previously worked as a graduate assistant for the women’s basketball program at University of West Georgia, and an assistant women’s basketball coach at Troup County High School. The Tigers finished the regular season with a 22-0 record and made their first Georgia High School Association State Championship appearance.

Huddleston suited up for the LC men’s basketball team during the 2013-14 season. The LaGrange native attended Troup High and was a letter winner in basketball, soccer and tennis, earning two Academic Scholar-Athlete awards.

Campus notes 

Don’t forget to follow LaGrange College on social media – Twitter, @LaGrangeCollege and @LCPanthers ; Facebook, @LaGrangeCollege and @LaGrangePanthers; Instagram; YouTube  and Pinterest.

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The Kiwanis Club of LaGrange recently presented President Susanna Baxter with a check for $13,000 for the Jack Tate Kiwanis Endowed Scholarship. The grant was established to honor James W. “Jack” Tate, a member of the club for almost 40 years. A local businessman and strong supporter of education, Tate has been the longtime leader of the club’s scholarship program that has provided thousands of dollars to local high school students, enabling them to attend the college of their choice. The club’s gift, which brings the fund to $25,000, will allow the scholarship to be awarded next academic year. 

Lewis Library is open and ready to help faculty, staff and students. Kelly Ansley, Library Director, shares some useful information:

Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 7:50 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Wednesday:  7:50 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Friday: 7:50 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sunday: 3 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Reserving a room in the library: Anyone can reserve a room in the library for meetings, quiet space, etc., by using this link. For questions about reserving a space or tech needs, contact Kelly Ansley at kansley@lagrange.edu.

New tech in Corn Auditorium: Over the summer, the Corn Auditorium received all new technology. For  a demonstration, contact Ansley. 

Contacts and areas of expertise:

Kelly Ansley; general library related questions, room reservations, questions about liaison areas; etc.;

Amber Spratlin, e-Resources Librarian, Director of Online Learning: Anything related to GALILEO login issues, access issues, etc; and online learning. aspratlin@lagrange.edu

Krystal Miller, Technical Services Librarian: Interlibrary Loans and questions about the library catalog.  Kmille11@lagrange.edu

There will be no @lagrange next week in observance of Labor Day. We will resume publication Sept. 10.

Cultural Enrichment events   

Check LC Connect for Virtual CE events and instructions. For in-person events, all COVID guidelines apply.    

SATURDAY

Internships 101, 11:15 a.m., Lewis Library

Learn about why internships are an important part of an academic and professional career.

TUESDAY

U.S. Senate Intern Nia Johnson, noon, Corn Auditorium.

Senior Political Science major Nia Johnson will talk about her U.S. Senate Internship with US Senator Raphael Warnock from Georgia. Learn about why internships are an important part of an academic and professional career.

May Away Presentation: The Cayman Islands Economy and Ecology, 11:15 a.m., Bailey Room

This overview of the 2022 May Away course to the Cayman Islands will discuss how students will study and interact with marine life at the turtle center and through snorkeling expeditions to view stingrays, starfish and coral reefs. There will also be opportunities to meet with businesspeople in the tourism and hospitality, banking, cruise and food industries in the Cayman Islands.

Exploring the career of Applied Behavior Analysis, 11:15 a.m., CAB 318

Lauren Schexnayder ’18 comes back to discuss her graduate school experience at the University of Georgia and share information about her career as an Board Certified Behavior Analyst at Pathways Autism Center. Come learn about the science of Applied Behavior Analysis, the graduate school experience, and the day-to-day life inside this career.

SEPT. 9

May Away Presentation: Culture of Greece, Ancient and Contemporary, 11:15 a.m., Bailey Room

Students will learn how this study-away course will connect the mythos of ancient Greece with its modern age and why these myths remain important to the Greek society and culture. Faculty leaders Drs. Don and Sharon Livingston will talk about the many excursions to historical archaeological sites included in this study away course and their legendary stories and myths that have been passed down for centuries.

Sports 

LaGrange College held its first Team Pres vs. Team AD draft event Saturday afternoon at Corn Auditorium inside Frank and Laura Lewis Library. Read about it here.

 Calendar

Friday (today)

  • Women’s Soccer vs. Webber International, Panther Field, 7 p.m.

Saturday

  • Team Pres vs. Team AD football game, Callaway Stadium, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday

  • Men’s/Women’s Soccer at Toccoa Falls, 5 and 7 p.m.
    Volleyball vs. Gulf Coast State, Richter Gym, 6 p.m.

Sept. 3

  • Cross Country at Foothills Invitational, 6 p.m.
  • Volleyball vs, Willamette, 2 p.m., Atlanta, Ga.

Sept. 4

  • Football at Birmingham-Southern, 7 p.m.
  • Volleyball vs. Brevard, 10 a.m., Atlanta, Ga.
  • Volleyball vs. Greensboro, 3 p.m., Atlanta, Ga.

Faculty and staff September birthdays

1 – Toni Anderson

3 – Melinda Pomeroy-Black

John Tures

7 – Preston James

9 – Nickie Cauthen

15 – Nicholas Moore

16 – Pam Cox

17 – Margaret Reneke

18 – Kendall Todd

Cindi Bearden

19 – Ryan McArthur

21 – Sheila Scott

Jennifer Shaw

Brian Carlisle

26 – Amber McGlawn

27 – Ron Stafford

28 – Greg McClanahan

 

Video of the Week

Make your way back to the Hill for Homecoming Oct. 29-31 for reunions, fun times and Panther Football. It’s Halloween Weekend, so we may have a couple of surprises for you!

In the headlines

LaGrange College athletics to kick off year with inaugural festival – LaGrange Daily News, Aug. 26, 2021

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Last updated: 08/27/2021